Special Olympics Arizona AZ

The mission of the Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The first Special Olympics Arizona competition in 1975 consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers. Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 22 sports, 170 programs in 15 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 5,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.